Commander of California ANG sacked over “urinating in boots” incident

Maj. Gen. Clay L. Garrison. (Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn / U.S. Air National Guard)

The head of the California Air National Guard has been sacked after a newspaper released the details of several scandals under his command, including someone urinating in the boots of a female Air Guardsman.

Major General Clay “Slam” Garrison has been replaced by Brigadier General Gregory Jones in the aftermath of the scandals, which were leaked to the press by whistleblowers at the California Air Guard’s Fresno base.

In 2015, Staff Sergeant Jennifer Pineda was changing into uniform at the 144th Fighter Wing headquarters when she discovered someone had urinated in her boots.

According to the VC Star, Security Forces investigated the incident, but found little in the way of evidence and closed the case.

In a filed complaint, Pineda mentioned that she was afraid of being kicked out of the Air Guard, specifically due to speculation that she urinated in her own boots for attention.

The second largest state Air National Guard, California has over 100,000 pilots, officers, and enlisted personnel.

Approximately five California Air National Guard members in the 144th have filed formal complaints.

After the “urine incident,” suspicions began to surface that Garrison and other high-ranking officers mishandled investigations and tried to bury the incidents to protect individuals involved.

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